Police Officer Helps Boy With Autism Find Missing Teddy Bear

March 20, 2019

Losing a teddy bear might not be an emergency for most kids, but it was for this 12-year-old boy with Autism.

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Officer Khari Manzini with Ryan Paul

Ryan Paul of Woodbridge, NJ, was so upset that his teddy bear named Freddy went missing while he was playing in his bedroom, that he called 911 for help.

"I said Ryan, did you call 911?," said Ryan's father Robert Paul, "and he said 'yes', and I said why? And he said, 'Teddy bear rescue.'"

A few minutes later, Officer Khari Manzini arrived to help solve the case of the missing teddy bear.

"We found the teddy bear, the teddy bear was okay," Officer Manzini told ABC 7. "He was in safe hands, no injuries, nothing like that."

Manzini had received special training in autism recognition and response, and says it comes in handy in situations like this.

Ryan is happy that Freddy is back where he belongs and was also very excited to get some photos with a police officer.

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